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om·pha·los

 (ŏm′fə-lŏs′, -ləs)
n. pl. om·pha·li (-lī)
1. The navel.
2. A central part; a focal point.
3. Any of various stones revered as sacred in ancient Greek civilization, representing the center of the world.

[Greek; see nobh- in Indo-European roots.]

omphalos

(ˈɒmfəˌlɒs)
n
1. (Historical Terms) (in the ancient world) a sacred conical object, esp a stone. The most famous omphalos at Delphi was assumed to mark the centre of the earth
2. the central point
3. literary another word for navel
[Greek: navel]

om•pha•los

(ˈɒm fə ləs)

n.
1. the navel; umbilicus.
2. the central point.
[1840–50; < Greek omphalós; akin to navel]

omphalos

- From the Greek word meaning "navel"—for the round stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi supposed to mark the center of the earth—it describes the center, heart, or hub of a place, organization, or sphere of activity.
See also related terms for navel.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.omphalos - a scar where the umbilical cord was attachedomphalos - a scar where the umbilical cord was attached; "you were not supposed to show your navel on television"; "they argued whether or not Adam had a navel"; "she had a tattoo just above her bellybutton"
abdomen, belly, stomach, venter - the region of the body of a vertebrate between the thorax and the pelvis
point - the precise location of something; a spatially limited location; "she walked to a point where she could survey the whole street"
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Por sus especiales caracteristicas, son las huchas de 'panel de abeja' las que mas han focalizado las investigaciones, no solo en relacion con su forma que, para algunos (Robinson, 1924: 248-249), recuerda a las representaciones de omphaloi en las tumbas micenicas sino por sus elementos decorativos y sellos.
There were a number of omphaloi in Greece, but Delphi was the omphalos par excellence.
inspires him to evoke quasi-sacred sites of "first encounter," binding contacts between his imagination and earth, as if earth had omphaloi, specific localities that could restore poetic strength and lead to a future as strong as the past.